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named area, the planning code has two categories of neighborhood commercial districts, one is an individual namedd neighborhood commercial district. they are found throughout the city and when you make a change to one of these districts it affects all property zoned that throughout the city. named neighbor commercial districts are areas like the upper fillmore ncd, polk street ncd and when changes are made to these districts they only impact that one neighborhood. it also allows neighborhoods to create more taylored controls for these neighborhoods and to address specific needs and concerns. for instance, some neighborhoods have banned or required conditional use for restaurants because they feel there's an overconcentration of restaurants in their
neighborhood, while other neighborhoods encourage restaurants because they like to encourage their use. what supervisor olague's ordinance would do is take properties currently zoned nc3, which stands for neighborhood cooperative moderate scale and turn them into the fillmore mcd the boundaries of the ncd fit within the old boundaries of the redevelopment area for the western addition. i believe it went all the way to bush street, which is where this neighborhood district would end. the ordinance would also remove the minimum parking controls and institute maximum parking controls, this is a trend throughout the city and fits with the city's transit first policy. it would down zone sign requirements from nc3 standards to nc2 standards, and allow a 5 foot high bonus for properties that are 40 and 50
feet from the area. the supervisor would like this continued to the beginning of this year so we will probably be asking for a continuance this thursday. the department supports the creation of an individually named ncd area on fillmore street. it helps preserve the character of the neighborhood and also helps preserve a sense of identification. we are asking for some modifications which have to do with expansion of the district as well as some minor clerical modifications. that concludes my presentation and of course i'm available for questions. >> thank you, mr. star, and we have supervisor olague. >> i wanted to thank mr. star and the planning department tore their work on this. we started those conversations with the merchant's association that is in the process of being formed along fillmore street because after redevelopment there was something called,
well, the cvd was formed but then the cvd was not, was not -- did not last when the fillmore center, i believe, no longer decided to participate in that process. so in order to allow for the merchants to talk about how they would like to move fillmore street forward, we started to engage in those conversations with them. there's a lot of -- because since the cbd had so much authority and a lot seemed to be monopolizing the conversation about what the vision for that street, we thought, well, maybe it would be better if it were in the hands at least the small businesses and that sort of thing to have that conversation come directly from the merchants. so then in the future there wouldn't be this reliance on the cbd to further
that conversation. we've been asking for several months information from redevelopment and as many of you know, the redevelopment agency really is no more in california and so there is an oversight board now that meets, so whatever questions we hear come from the public today and whatever questions we've been hearing for the past few months we'll make sure to pass on because we are gone officially as of january 8th. so we decided we needed to have this hearing now because we don't have a lot of time and we've tried to have hearings previously but it was just hard pulling the different departments together with the responses to the questions that we had. so hopefully moewd, the person who's been working on this project is on i believe sick leave so unable to be here to respond, but i do believe that
valley brown may be returning to work in district 5 office or at least that's the rumor. if that's the case then hopefully she'll be able to answer some of the questions that might come up today and that will definitely forward to her. also redevelopment agency certainly there's been a lot of really bad history in the western addition over the decades and accountability is something i think people would really like to see, so i am not sure how we necessarily achieve that other than continuing to kind of have to informational hearings and for people to continue to ask questions, which we will then again forward to redevelopment personnel to moewd and to the oversight board. but i believe that before supervisor
mercurini left, he did request a audit and we will find out what the status of that is. there were a lot of questions around $800,000 and we will find out about that and make sure member s of the public receive, but we didn't want to leave without having an opportunity for members of the public to put concerns or questions on the record which we can then forward on to the appropriate departments so people feel there is some movement toward establishing some accountability for some of the actions that have occurred in that part of the city over these number of years. so, again, one of the conversations that we just started was with the merchants to try to establish some controls along the lower fillmore area that we hope would be beneficial to the small businesses and small
merchants there and smaller businesses there. so, again, that conversation continues and at this point i'd say we open it up for public comment. we'll again forward on the questions and follow-up with miss brown, whoever would be in the supervisor's office to follow up on these questions. >> so let's open this up for public comment. do we have any speaker cards? >> i don't have any. >> then we should just ask people to line up on the side of the room if you can. two minutes per person. >> you know, with all due respect, i'm just going to tell you straight out. i know you mean well, but it doesn't make sense. let me give you a plain simple example. you want to make a difference on fillmore street? when you walk up the street to marcus garvey and martin luther king, those are families that own and will always be there forever and ever. you tell those folks, hey, we're going to make sure the commercial people, not
the vbd, not the merchants, we're going to make sure they live up to their responsibility. they are supposed to make sure the doors are open for people to come in and do a lot of events and things. picture this if you would, instead of busses coming in at 5:00, what if you create the traffic there. they are right now in a serious crisis but it's just a block away. everybody is looking for foot traffic. everybody is looking for an opportunity to do things, bring people from somewhere, all you have to do is walk up the street and say for the next 30 days we're going to make sure there's a terrible outrageous discount so you folks can participate because they don't participate. the foot traffic is right there so you change the name, that's like going to fillmore and golden gate street and telling everybody on that
block, we're going to name this happy corner. it don't make sense to change names. what makes sense is to alieu -- allow people and weathered the storm, the reason they have not been meeting correctly it because there's no community participation and i don't mean from a level of somebody just coming and raising hell. what i'm talking about is for you folks to understand that nobody ever thought that the restaurants was going to save us. that's a family business. every business up and down fillmore street that's benefited that owes all this money now are either restaurants or clubs. the point, in closing, the point i'm making because this is something that is near and dear to me. i'm 57 years old and i'm born and raise the right here in san francisco, you know. >> so how do you think then that we can increase foot traffic from the --. >> by opening up the doors for the people that live there. you got 1300, you got almost 2 million dollars and you got a
club there you can't even tell it's a club. you got people standing there and doing all this money back and forth from japan and nobody goes on the street and says open the doors. here's the saddest thing i've ever seen in my life. >> everybody only gets two minutes. if you could finish your thought, that would be great. >> two minutes? i've been here 57 years, lady. you say valley will be here monday and people are out sick. you are not respecting the sbreg integrity of the folks already there. maybe you ought to just stop and let us grow and flow. >> thank you, next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors, my name is jake crafford. if you look at the
fillmore district and compare it to divisidero and vezation valley, you are having a lot of power shaping our neighborhood deciding what businesses go into the retail spaces, what organizations come to service our community. in the last year and a half there's literally been two meetings in our neighborhood regarding the $800,000, two meetings, and one of the things we agreed to with the mayor's office when they came in, they would have monthly meetings and they would have it monthly, that way when you have a important topic the community has an opportunity to talk. instead they only had two meetings in a year and a half and the way they were set up was to cause division in the neighborhood, so you can't have a proper discussion. this thing with the overhead
propblgor, projector, fillmore market place vendors, awning program, business attraction, they present all that and then only give you at the end 25 minutes for public comment. you only can pick on one comment so there's 5 different topics, you can pick on one topic. that's in september 2011. now, this is may 3rd of this year, which is the last meeting they had, if you look at the very bottom, this time they only gave us 7 minutes for public comment. so they had these 5 important topics in our community and at the end they give you 7 minutes for public comment. that's what we got in two years in terms of the huge impact the mayor's office is having determining our future. >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> hi, it's good to see
everybody. my name is adrian williams and i have just a couple of comments. i do events along the corridor. i understand what the requirements are and i have, we do kwanzu, we do batuzi in the corridor, mardi gras san francisco style. some of those buildings were there before there was a fillmore corridor and there were certain things promised to the community. i have a tendency to get those things done for me but overall one of the things i have a problem with, there's no enforcement. for instance, i know for a fact that $4 million was put in a fund from the jewish community high school to aid certificate holders and even with the 1300 going up, that building, we were promised that 13 of those certificate holders
would be put in that building. well, they can't find any. now we have apartments going up on turk street, $4 million is still in the kitty to help these people to come back but why aren't those funds being done? i saw an email from gia which really worried me in the respect you are turning away people because they can't afford the down payments, they can't afford to be there so what is that 4 million which was allocated specifically for the stake holders, i mean for the certificate holders, what happened to that money? is it still there or has it been given to the businesses for loans too? so that's one of my concerns. the other is marketing, people like me who are stake holders in that community who are trying to bring the foot traffic successfully by the way, we're getting ready to do our 7th year of kwanza, 7th year of mardi gras san
francisco style. >> if you can finish, miss williams. >> but we are treated as if we are second hand citizens. we were there before those businesses got there. for a people like me, who is trying to bridge the gap between the businesses and the community, give us some respect when it comes down to working with certain offices here in city hall and come back and debrief us and let us know. i know that it's trying coming to our neighborhood because we're passionate, but we do deserve to get feedback and to be listened to and to be heard and so i'm really interested in what happened to that $4 million and why people are still not being able to use that money that came from the jewish community high school for down payments for housing and that type of thing. is it still there, where is it? thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please.
>> former supervisor olague, thank you for bringing this important topic at this time. in the past after many, many years ross mikarami was instrumental in having a hearing about the certificates. one thing leads to the other. now, today i attended the meeting on the successor agency to redevelopment and you know that you are creating yet another commission on, they call it infrastructure and investment, you know? now, while we were attending the other meeting, not once were these people who were appointed on this investment and infrastructure attended that meeting. now what's happening here, supervisor
christina olague, when you speak the truth, people don't like it. there were a bunch of whoever you call it who were sponsored by the machine, you know the machine, much like the mafia. much like the mafia. now today you've heard a few and there are many people at home and maybe you should go on kapu, you know, and talk about this. have a series of meetings. that's the only thing we can do. because these people are banked on treating good people like dirt. you know, the western addition is where middle class african americans were forced out and they died in the sro's. now the few, the last warriors, the last of the mohicans, you have wanna be's coming with new commissions trying to do this, that and the other and they have no respect, no respect for
those who have gone before and done something. and it's not only in the western addition, it's in the bayview, the same thing. the same thing. we just had a meeting this morning, you know? it's the same thing. so, supervisor olague, keep on doing what you have done before, you did well at the planning department. keep on doing the right thing wherever you are. thank you very much. >> next speaker. >> supervisors, daniel landry for the record. first of all, supervisor olague, it's been a long time and i want to thank you for sponsoring this and like always you've been right there in the forefront for a lot of issues and things just from me to you, i appreciate all the work you have done and i hate to see
that it's going to be a transition, however that's how things happen, but we're going to still work hard and (inaudible) our efforts. i'm born and raised in fillmore, 44 years, and i also have a business in fillmore, i have friends, family, i've been there all my life. and for what i can say what's happening to the fillmore, what happened to the fillmore, i suggested to, like, supervisor mercorini a few years ago, just like we were speaking to sam jordan's a few minutes ago, the fillmore can be considered a historic district. all the facts proves the best way you deal with areas like the fillmore and even bayview hunter's point is take it to the people. we had joint meetings, even the human rights commission came out, we spoke on serious issues and then we had hearings here about
drugs. but the follow through and follow-up i think is what pushes people to the limit and sometime our conversations get lost because people feel disappointed because they don't see things coming forward. i stay in king garvey, i've been there 30-something years, with the support of you, supervisor olague, that rehab plant was not good for king harvey you have doorknobs falling off, you have gates that don't work, you have a $37 million contract that citibank forced seniors to sign off. now redevelopment is not here, nobody knows who is responsible, we're in the fourth quarter and we haven't scored no touchdown. in fact, i think this is a good hearing and it needs to be supported.
>> we'll follow-up. your questions and comments, we'll make sure that people get the minutes. >> definitely. even if we can have a joint hearing out in the community in the future i think that's always wise, to come out into the community and set up like the police commission have done in the past because that's when the people can only walk two, three blocks versus coming down here to city hall. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker. >> my name is east washington, i won't be able to say everything in two minutes but i definitely want to take time to thank christina olague for coming to our district and do something we haven't been able to do. i know supervisor ross has done a tremendous job and you have done an even better job in your 8 months. september 27 you did something here in san francisco that has never been done in 20 years. we had 3 subcommittee meetings in one day up and down the
stairs on african american issues. look out there and see what we have out there. it is totally unacceptable for my black community to not be right here for opportunity to talk about the atrocities that happened to us with the human rights commission and redevelopment agency, not only did we ask for it in february, you went beyond that, asked for a commission meeting and asked for this oversight committee. like he said, in this last minute, i'm going to tell you, my name is ace and i'm on this case. we are going to put together an injunction or something it stop what mr. ed lee is doing right now. what he is doing is creating an atrocious group of individuals thats going to run the rest of our generation like the prior redevelopment has done. it's no mystery, all you got to do is check your history, people are going to do for generations
to come, christine, what you have done, the housing authority, nobody here is crabing for what you did for them. whoever sits in that seat, they are going to make it law. i have to go over to another agency with the housing authority. let me say one thing, city hall is out of control. we don't know who is in control. we don't know what department is doing what. board of supervisors what is going on, i'm not going to sing today but city hall is out of control and we got to file a complaint for injunction. be ready for it. >> thank you, next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors, my name is douglas yapp right on, ace, that's all i have to say. i'd like to thank supervisor olague for her brave and couragous act. she is setting a precedent showing that children in san francisco cannot be bullied and neither can adults. so you politicians
better heed the word and you are lucky bullying isn't a federal offense yet. secondly, the reason why the situation on fillmore street is the way it is is because what has the mayor's office actively done for this community? i don't see a representative here today. now, according to the notes for this hearing there was a 3-month time period between assignment to this committee and today's hearing. now, i just heard the representative give his presentation. i don't think it takes 3 months to figure out what to say on that. so i have serious questions about why there was a 3-month wait and in my humble opinion i call it retaliation. you want to be honest? i say it's retaliation why there was a 3-month wait for this hearing. isn't it convenient that they schedule it as item 7
when there's nobody here, when you could easily schedule it as item 1 and everybody would be here to listen. in my 5 years here, even though i've played dumb, i assure you i am not dumb. we know how the agenda is manipulated. why don't we end this year on a happy note and say city hall politicians, you have been warned once again, stop the bullying, stop the manipulation, all you are accomplishing is giving certain agencies more reason to walk through the door and slap a piece of paper in room 200. thank you. >> are there any other member s of the public that would like to speak on this matter? seeing no more, this item is closed. mr. chair. >> thank you. so, colleagues, can we table this item without
objection or shall we file this without objection? >> yes. >> thank you. thank you, supervisor olague, for being here. >> i want to thank member s of the public for coming out. we will draft hopefully there will be some minutes. if not, definitely written notes that i will pass on to other supervisors so hopefully this conversation can continue and i'll send those minutes to the necessary departments and then hopefully they will follow-up. so thank you. >> thank you. miss miller, is there any other business before us? >> no, there are no further matters. >> thank you, everyone, meeting adjourned. (meeting adjourned).
>> when the new california academy of sciences opened in 2008, it quickly became one of the top tourist magnets in the city. part of the cal academies' astronomical success is the weekly nightlife party. >> i am joined by helen, who is here to school me on all the nocturnal activities that are getting ready to take place here. tell us a little about what we can expect to see at nightlife. >> we open up the doors every thursday night at the california academy of sciences. there are certain things you can see every week you can go to the museum, visit the planetarium, and we bring in bars and a deejay or band. it is a different feel from during the day, something different every week. tonight , we have beer and music. -- tonight we have great beer and music. it is beer week.
we have a dozen local brewers in african hall. we have a deejays to set up throughout the museum and a live performance at 9:00 p.m. tonight. >> what has been your favorite part as a participant or as an observer? >> my favorite part is to walk around the aquarium in to see people with a drink in their hands, getting to know maybe somebody new, may be looking for a day, or chatting with friends. there jellyfish. i mean, they are beautiful. >> the culmination of the animals. >> it is very impressive. we do not have this at home. >> tell us a little about some of the spider's we see here on display. >> at the california academy of sciences, there is a very large collection of preserved and live specimens, which are the evidence about evolution. we have the assassin spiders,
which are spiders that exclusively kill and eat other spiders. they are under the microscope here. research done and the california academy's i rhinology lab suggests that the assassin spiders have been doing this for over 150 million years. this glassed in room is a real scientific laboratory, and the people in that room are preparing specimens of vertebrate, that is mammals and birds. the way they do this is to remove the skin, sew it together in a relatively lifelike pose, and ensure that it does not decompose. >> i am a really big class actress fan, so i am here to see them, and beer week. >> i wanted to learn